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York Gets Together For Women's Rights

International Women's Day

8:16am 11th February 2013

York gets together with Oxfam for women around the world.

York Lady Mayoress, Karen Hyman, the Sheriff’s Lady, Jenny Firth, the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Keith Hyman, and the Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth are calling for the city of York to get together for women around the world with Oxfam.

The whole civic party is joining Wakefield mother of two Jodie Sandford at Mansion House tonight at 6pm to learn about her recent trip with Oxfam in Zimbabwe and find out how they can fundraise for Oxfam Get Together.

Oxfam Get Together raises precious life funds for women’s projects around the world, say Oxfam. They add that supporters are invited to hold fundraisers during the week on International Women’s Day (8th March).

Oxfam tells Minster FM that last year Jodie, a mother of two and full time IT Manager, visited Oxfam projects in the Gutu District of Zimbabwe to see how her monthly charity donations were spent. They add that she will tell the people of York what she saw for herself.

She explains: “During my trip I met men and women working hard at improving the lives of their families in every possible way with the little they had. Oxfam and its partners at the time were fighting the typhoid outbreak that had hit the country for a second year running. It was a challenging time”.

In the Munechiso village Jodie met Esther Mananzva, a 34 year old mum and her one month old twins, Thomas and Kefas.

She said: “Through Oxfam’s work I have become painfully aware that the majority of people living in poverty are women, who are doing everything they can to feed their families. Esther had to resort to feeding them a flour-and-water mix when she was not eating well enough and therefore not producing enough milk to breastfeed. It is something unheard of in the UK”

Jodie is now helping to raise awareness of Oxfam’s work and of how people can get involved in Get Together.

Jodie said: “When I came back I was determined to remember everything I’d seen and make changes to my own life. And I want to encourage others to help raise funds for women like Esther, who is doing her very best to provide for her children”.

Oxfam tell Minster FM that they help women reclaim their rights and make their voices heard; from helping women farmers in Zimbabwe to developing new types of crops to feed their families. They add that Get Together raises life saving funds for Oxfam’s work with women around the world who are experiencing poverty, discrimination and domestic violence.

Harriet Roberts, Oxfam community fundraiser in the North West, says: “An Oxfam Get Together can be absolutely anything; from cocktails or a movie night at home, to a killer quiz with colleagues or even a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  We want to encourage as many as possible to take inspiration and organise their own glamorous Get Together”.

Anyone looking to get involved can contact Coral Major on 07722065233

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